Nov. 17, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 6
Gift Establishes Winston Center
Carroll School will house initiative for ethical training and leadership formation
Boston College has announced the establishment of The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics in its Carroll School of Management to engage business leaders, faculty and students in ethical training and leadership formation.
The Winston Center will bring to campus distinguished leaders from business and other fields for a lecture and colloquia series, private executive learning sessions and other initiatives, beginning in the spring of 2006. The center also will support faculty research programs, seminars and curricular innovations.
A principal gift from Los Angeles businessman Robert L. Winston '60 and his wife, Judith T. Winston, has endowed the center. Robert Winston is a long-time supporter of Boston College who worked closely with Carroll School Dean Andrew Boynton to create a center dedicated to advancing knowledge about best practices in ethical leadership.
"I am especially grateful to Bob and Judy Winston for their willingness to help Boston College educate present and future business leaders about ethical issues," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "Given the Carroll School of Management's longstanding efforts in this area, and that concern for personal and professional ethics has always been a cornerstone of Jesuit education, the Winston Center is a natural fit at Boston College."
Winston, retired senior vice president of American Fund Distributors, said, "I am delighted that after extensive research and thoughtful discussions Boston College has decided to establish this center. We see our new efforts as a logical extension of our university's educational mission to equip future leaders with knowledge of effective leadership actions while always considering the ethical implications of such actions.
"An additional goal of the center is to assist current senior executives by instituting an intimate executive learning program - bringing small groups of executives to our campus for intensive discussions of the leadership and ethical issues that face such diverse sectors as law, journalism, finance, the military, medicine and public education," added Winston, who along with his wife is active in philanthropic efforts in education and medicine.
The new center will also benefit from a major gift from former Board of Trustees Chairman Charles "Chuck" Clough Jr. and his wife, Gloria Clough, which will fund the Clough Colloquium on Leadership and Ethics. The Clough Colloquium will bring to Boston College distinguished figures in business and other fields who have made important contributions as ethical leaders, for both a public lecture and a private executive learning session.
"I am delighted to be part of this initiative and to support a program that recognizes that the subject of ethical leadership requires and deserves disciplined investigation and scholarship," said Chuck Clough, founder of Clough Capital Partners LP, a private investment firm in Boston.
Chuck Clough was elected to the Boston College Board of Trustees in 1994 and served as the board's chairman from 1999 until 2002. Gloria Clough is a nurse in hospital ministry; three of their four children graduated from Boston College.
In addition, a lecture fund endowed by Norman and Monever Chambers will provide resources for undergraduate participation in the program. Norman Chambers is president and chief operating officer of NCI Building Systems, Inc., and former president and COO of Comfort Systems USA; he and Monever reside in Boxford, Mass., with their two children.
"Monever and I are pleased to support Dean Boynton's important goal of advancing understanding of the principles and practice of ethical leadership among our current and future business leaders," said Norman Chambers. "The Carroll School has been so important to my career since I graduated from the MBA program in 1982. We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the School's exciting future."
Boynton has launched a search for a faculty member and academic director to lead the Winston Center, which will sponsor a substantial program of research, seminars and residencies, and provide faculty members and others with fellowship support to pursue specific questions related to leadership and ethics as well as to promote curricular innovations for undergraduate and graduate students.
Said Boynton: "The generosity of our donors will allow our faculty and student body to connect with the finest practitioners in the business world and to initiate a generation of young people into the world of management in a way that places an important and early emphasis on leadership and ethics."
Additional information on the center can be found at www.bc.edu/leadership.
-Office of Public Affairs staff •